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Geography

 

Geography

Subject Leader: Mrs Mitchell

Physical, human and environmental geography are taught through topic areas. The children are encouraged to immerse themselves in a variety of learning opportunities to secure their knowledge of places, processes and geographical skills. School visits and focused activities ensure that the children understand through experience and practical application.

 

Intention

To build a geographical curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquirement of knowledge of the world around them so that they know more, remember more and understand more.

This is through the use of:

-planning with the National Curriculum

-progression grid

-subject specific content

-appropriate connections to other curriculum areas

 

Implementation

Knowledge Organisers and Knowledge Walls

Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply this knowledge to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of skills, in a purposeful context. This promotes connections to be made across all foundation subjects, where applicable.

Key Vocabulary

The promotion of a language rich Geography curriculum is essential to the successful gaining of knowledge and understanding in Geography.

Independent learning

In Geography, children are encouraged to enquire about their topic of interest and develop their independence when locating places, describing places and exploring the outdoors.

Children will access resources to acquire learning through atlases, text books, maps, digital technology and photographs.

Children will use a range of secondary resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning.

Enhancement

In order to enhance the curriculum for geography children will access the local area; by making connections through all the different curriculum areas and have access to a local map. With this map they navigate and apply their geographical skills when accessing the local area.

Educational Visits

Where applicable educational visit and/or visitor links will be made to geography in order to develop the children’s learning.

Impact

Children will achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of their cohort year.

Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to geography with a real life context.

Children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area.

Children will have a good understanding about the world around them and how it has been shaped.

Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

The pupil voice will represent an understanding of what geography is and how they have applied this learning in a given context as part of a highlight task.

 

Intention

To build a geographical curriculum that endorses the importance for outdoor learning to build a curiosity for learning to help them to know more, remember more and understand more.

 

Implementation

Outdoor Learning opportunities with the curriculum

Teaching and Learning should plan for outdoor learning opportunities within geography lessons wherever it is appropriate. This may be using the school grounds, local area or wider community to apply and explore their subject specific task.

Children will access their local environment to get a hands on experience in their learning

This may not be geography led but is an expectation that all pupils visit their local area at least once a term. Children will become more aware of their local environment and as they progress through their geographical education and use a map specific for their areas of enquiry.

Educational Visits to enhance their learning

Where applicable links to geography will be made to develop the children’s learning.

British Values and PSHE

Children will learn and revisit the importance of our world and how it should be treated through a range of educational activities and experiences.

 

Impact

Children will achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of their cohort year.

Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to geography with a real life context.

Children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area.

Children will begin to understand their wider world and the implications that we as citizens have on it.

Children will work collaboratively to solve problems and explain the processes that they have taken/observed within a real life context.

Children will act as good citizens within their local community.

 

 

 

  

 

These are some of the comments pupils have made about Geography at Towngate Academy:

"In Geography, we ask and answer questions to learn new things about the World." Year 1

"We get to find out new things and explore new things about people and countries." Year 1

"We have learnt to look at maps and atlases to find places in the World and putting places on maps." Year 2

"Going on visits and walking in the local area make learning in Geography really fun and interesting." Year 2

"We used maps/atlases to explore where the cities are in the World." Year 3

"Geography learning allows us to learn about others and to remember/learn to be tolerant of others, especially from other cultures." Year 3

"We've learnt about capital cities in different countries around the World. We had to persevere to find them on maps and atlases." Year 4

"Geography lessons give us lots of opportunities to explore new people and places." Year 4

"In Geography when we work in pairs or groups we have to cooperate and work together." Year 5

"I have learnt to find places and read maps. I used to find it hard but because I persevered I can now do it." Year 6

"In Geography, we get to explore maps and find out more about the world we live in; we used a compass to complete an orienteering activity around our academy grounds. Some of use even used an ordnance survey map to locate physical and human features in our local area." Year 6

 


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